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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Intel SA-00307: CSME Advisory
13 February 2020
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Intel Converged Security and Management Engine
Operating System: Linux variants
Impact/Access: Increased Privileges -- Existing Account
Denial of Service -- Existing Account
Access Confidential Data -- Existing Account
CVE Names: CVE-2019-14598
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The latest security information on Intel products.
Intel CSME Advisory
Intel ID: INTEL-SA-00307
Advisory Category: Firmware
Impact of Escalation of Privilege, Denial of Service, Information
vulnerability : Disclosure
Severity rating : HIGH
Original release: 02/11/2020
Last revised: 02/11/2020
A potential security vulnerability in CSME subsystem may allow escalation of
privilege, denial of service, and information disclosure. Intel is releasing
firmware updates to mitigate this potential vulnerability.
Description: Improper Authentication in subsystem in Intel(R) CSME versions
before 12.0.49 (IOT only: 12.0.56),13.0.21, 14.0.11 may allow a privileged user
to potentially enable escalation of privilege, denial of service or information
disclosure via local access.
CVSS Base Score: 8.2 High
CVSS Vector: CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H
Intel CSME versions before 12.0.49 (IOT only: 12.0.56),13.0.21, 14.0.11.
Intel recommends updating to Intel CSME versions 12.0.49, 13.0.21, and 14.0.11
or later provided by the system manufacturer that addresses these issues.
Intel recommends IOT customers using Intel CSME version 12.0.55 to update to
12.0.56 or later provided by the system manufacturer that addresses these
This issue was found internally by Intel employees. Intel would like to thank
Intel, and nearly the entire technology industry, follows a disclosure practice
called Coordinated Disclosure, under which a cybersecurity vulnerability is
generally publicly disclosed only after mitigations are available.
Revision Date Description
1.0 02/11/2020 Initial Release
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Copyright (C) Intel Corporation 2019
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